Miller Motorsport Park to be Site of the 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge-West

Apr 20, 2012

by Chitra Sethi

NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 – Top engineering students from the United States will roll out new concept designs in pedal powered transportation while competing head-to-head in the 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC-West), May 4-6, at the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah.

Nineteen colleges and universities will compete in HPVC-West, in which student teams will put their vehicle prototypes through a series of performance trials in speed, endurance and driver skills. Organized by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the event will examine the students’ ability to apply sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical human-powered transportation alternatives.

The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge also gives student engineers hands-on experience and teambuilding skills, while offering a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore the field of engineering in a practical and fun way.

Bearing names such as The Wildcat, Catalyst and The Jester of Tortuga, the vehicles will be judged on safety, maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency as the students run these sleek “super bikes” over designated courses at the Miller Motorsport Park.  

“The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is a demonstration of creativity and technical innovation,” said ASME president Victoria A. Rockwell. “In designing the vehicles, the students bring classroom engineering theory and design to actual concept and fabrication.  In the process, the participants learn to work in a collaborative team environment and acquire the essential skills needed to be successful in the engineering workforce.”

Judges will award cash prizes and trophies to the top teams in each of several categories.  Special recognition will go to teams that exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and team spirit.

The 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is sponsored by Knovel®, the leader in Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools.

HPVC-West Participants California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University, Chico California State University, Fresno California State University, Long Beach California State University, Los Angeles California State University, Northridge East Los Angeles College Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon Missouri University of Science and Technology Montana State University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology South Dakota School of Mines and Technology University of Arizona University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of Louisiana, Lafayette University of Montana College of Technology University of Nevada, Reno University of Texas, Dallas

View the 96-second HPVC video.

About ASME ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit

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